You ’ ve Earned It : Estimating the Impact of Human Capital on Social Preferences

  title={You ’ ve Earned It : Estimating the Impact of Human Capital on Social Preferences},
  author={Pamela Jakiela and Edward Miguel and Vera L. te Velde},
We combine data from a randomized evaluation and a laboratory experiment to measure the causal impact of human capital on respect for earned property rights, a component of social preferences with important implications for economic growth and development. We find that higher academic achievement reduces the willingness of young Kenyan women to appropriate others’ labor income, and shifts players toward a 50-50 split norm in a modified dictator game. This study demonstrates that education may… CONTINUE READING

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